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What Does 400,000-Year-Old Tartar Tell Us?

Anthropologists are gaining insight into the lives of prehistoric humans using data gathered from ancient teeth. What researchers are discovering is amazing.

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Can I get Alzheimer's from that Root Canal?

Does that seem like a ridiculous question to you? Unfortunately, it's not so preposterous according to a new study published in the Journal Nature.

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The Role of the Dentist in Controlling Blood Pressure for a Sedation Appointment

Should you be trying to control a patient's blood pressure with medication before, during or after a sedation appointment? A DOCS Education member wonders why DOCS Education courses don't cover this topic. Drs. Wellbrock and Goyal advise.

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Big Potential in the Oral Microbiome

700-plus. That's the current estimate for the number of different bacteria types that live in the human oral cavity. Major advances in DNA sequencing technologies are opening up new areas of research into the human microbiome. Study results already look promising.

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Caught Between Sucrose and Sucralose: A Dentist’s Dilemma

Americans are addicted to sweet, but both sugar and artificial sweeteners have serious health risks. How can dentists help patients understand the consequences of their sugary addictions? Get the facts, sweetheart.

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Previous Allergic Reaction to IV Sedation a Reason for Concern?

A patient needs sedation for a root canal and extraction. However, the patient reports that years ago she was intubated after IV sedation; she has since been IV sedated without any incidence. Should the doctor proceed with oral conscious sedation?

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Why Pediatric Dentistry Makes Sense in 2015

Once upon a time, dentists believed that treating pediatric patients was a fast track to a dead-end career. Wake up, sleeping beauties! Times have changed—pediatric dentistry ain't what it used to be.
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How Are You Giving Back to Your Community?

Volunteer time? Dental service trips? Mentoring or teaching? There are a lot of ways to use your skills and knowledge to help people beyond your daily routine of appointments and consultations. We've got a few extraordinary examples for you in the Summer issue of DOCS Digest - the digital edition is here!

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Can amoxicillin cause light-headedness in a patient who is allergic to penicillin?

A 91-year-old patient is taking 500 mg of amoxicillin leading up to a sedation appointment and is experiencing dizziness. The patient is allergic to penicillin. A DOCS Education Member seeks the advice of DOCS Education faculty for next steps.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy + Sedation Dentistry: The Silver Bullet for Anxious Patients?

New research from Sweden finds that people with dental anxiety respond well to a specific kind of mental health counseling called cognitive behavioral therapy. When combined with sedation dentistry it could be the silver bullet patients with dental fear have been looking for.

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A team of researchers at the UCLA School of Dentistry have received a $3.8 million research grant to develop a salivary-biomarker approach for identifying individuals at future risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder and depression following a traumatic event.
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The American Dental Association (ADA) announced its support Tuesday for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) fifth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, scheduled for September 29, 2012. The ADA urges dentists to inform their patients on the safe disposal of unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications.
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Unlike diabetes or heart disease, addiction can’t be definitively detected through diagnostic tests. In many other ways, however, issues related to substance abuse mimic those of typical medical diseases. For example, the rates of depression and cardiovascular disease in the population are roughly equivalent to the incidence of addiction. By any measure, though, addiction presents a major public health problem.
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An exciting new study from Irish scientists has discovered that coconut oil has the potential to inhibit bacterial growth, preventing tooth decay. We’re not saying you should drop the floss and pick up the deep-fried Oreo, but this is an exciting new development in terms of dental health.
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A spate of medical fraud prosecutions has dominated the news. According to the Justice Department, since 2007 over 1,300 people have been charged with falsely billing Medicare in excess of $4 billion. Undoubtedly there is far more to come.
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A recent survey conducted by the Journal of the American Dental Association shows that dentists prescribe antibiotics to children more often than professional prescribing guidelines recommend.
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